- Sophisticated colonial style hotel
- Beautiful riverside setting
- Private access to Victoria Falls
The Royal Livingstone Hotel is a substantial, upmarket establishment in a splendid location on the banks of the Zambezi River, a short walk from the world famous Victoria Falls, in the area of Livingstone, southern Zambia. Built in a colonial style and featuring old world charm and décor, this elegant hotel offers 173 rooms and suites, fine dining, a swimming pool, gym, and spa, along with a wide range of activities, including unlimited daytime access to the iconic falls.
A 25 minute drive from Livingstone Airport, the hotel stands in beautiful riverside gardens frequented by varied resident wildlife, including zebra and giraffe. The grand reception area leads to a spacious tea lounge and bar, traditionally furnished with leather sofas and chandeliers. The formal dining room offers an a la carte menu, and a ‘smart casual’ dress code applies. Facilities include a riverside spa, an air-conditioned gym, a gift shop and an activities centre. Outside is a large swimming pool with loungers and a terrace overlooking the river, ideal for relaxing with sundowners. From here, guests can observe the spray and hear the roar of the thundering falls just 800m upstream.
A wide range of activities is on offer including river cruises, canoeing, and fishing. Game drives, elephant treks, and steam locomotive rail excursions can be arranged, whilst thrill seekers can experience white water rafting and jet boarding at Batoka Gorge. Guests at the hotel enjoy private, unlimited daytime access to Victoria Falls, a ten minute walk away. Visitors should note that the falls are at their most spectacular from December to July.
The accommodation comprises 169 rooms and four suites, all featuring well-appointed, Victorian style décor. Sleeping two guests in a double or twin beds, each unit has an ensuite bathroom with separate bath and shower, and a private veranda or balcony overlooking the river. All rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV, a minibar, and Wi-Fi. The four spacious suites, which are significantly larger in size, have an additional lounge and dressing area.
Children of all ages are welcome at the hotel. Cots can be provided on request, and interconnecting rooms are available. A babysitting service can be arranged at extra cost. The hotel pool is unfenced and some wild animals do roam within the grounds; parents are therefore reminded that children should be supervised at all times.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019